The Baltic States are working together to develop the cannabis industry
The cannabis sector in Latvia and the Baltics is awaiting new investments and it would make sense to do so while changing the legal framework that would allow more extensive processing of cannabis in the health, food, textile, beauty and other sectors.
Lorenza Romanese, Director of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), and members of the Baltic cannabis industry participated in the international Baltic cannabis seminar. At the seminar, industry experts explained the potential and importance of growing cannabis cultures, and shared recommendations on how to overcome barriers to the growth potential of the cannabis sector. The seminar participants shared international experiences and called for cooperation to make the development of the cannabis industry more efficient.
Cannabis cultivation has the potential to have a positive impact on the environment and to help achieve sustainability goals. However, cannabis operators in the EU face obstacles, such as outdated restrictions on cannabis cultivation and the lack of a clear definition of cannabis culture in EU documents. Lorenza Romanese, Director of (EIHA) emphasized that the organization is working to overcome the most illogical and outdated regulatory constraints and was optimistic about the comprehension also in the European Parliament.
Ernests Plūmiņš, co-founder of the Latvian Hemp Union, concludes that cannabis cultivation can contribute to the achievement of various sustainable development goals – to develop industry, introduce innovations, improve health, reduce climate and environmental change. In many countries, there is a growing need for fertile land, organic food and new natural fibers.
Organic cannabis cultivation technologies require a certain soil quality for good yields, which means that good agronomic knowledge is needed to properly select rural areas and soil and their cultivation. Jolanta Pilione from Thermoseed Global said that extensive research is currently underway to analyze the effects of different biomasses on yields in different soils. The aim is to provide organic soil and eliminate the use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as promoting a strong root system and accelerating the growth process through adapted biomass.
Also the head of the Estonian businessman Hemp Futures St. Wyatt (Stephen J Wyatt) has chosen a natural way of growing, growing organically, without pesticides, choosing areas that were previously used only as pasture. Hemp Futures also encourages others in the Baltic region to use natural processing, where the soil is still relatively organic and undamaged.
The head of Hemp Futures is an American with an agricultural education. He believes that the cannabis industry should be more active in promoting itself in the Baltics and calling on governments to improve market regulations. They would make full use of the potential of cannabis. Due to climatic conditions, the Baltics have great advantages in cannabis cultivation.